Jacquelyn Kegley, Ph.D., Bakersfield

CSU Bakersfield
Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

​​​​Jacquelyn Kegley, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, came to California State University, Bakersfield in 1969 and has been an important teacher-scholar in the CSUB community for nearly five decades.

Dr. Kegley recently completed a four-year term as Academic Senate chair, and the committee honored her service in a commendation, citing her “calm demeanor, wisdom, vast institutional memory, unfailing good humor, consistently thoughtful approach, hard work and strong character” and lauded her leadership during the school’s transition to a semester calendar.

In 2013, Kegley established two funds to create, maintain and enhance the Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley Center for Student Success at the university. The center provides space for workshops, tutoring, study sessions and group advising. It offers collaborative sessions with other campus resources, such as the Center for Community Engagement and Career Education, Financial Aid and the Health Center. It’s also the permanent home for the Athletics Academic Advising program.

“My family and I have long been dedicated to academic success and enrichment,” says Kegley, whose husband, Charles W. Kegley, arrived at CSUB with her in 1969 and was the first chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. “To create this endowed fund, which is dedicated to supporting an environment that is conducive to that goal, is a wonderful realization of a lifetime’s work.” Her son and daughter-in-law both earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Bakersfield as well.

Kegley’s research specialties include the philosophy of science, technology and medicine, as well as neuroethics, bioethics, American philosophy, critical thinking and philosophy of the mind. She served as a CSU Academic Senator for 13 years and was chair of the senate for three years in the early 2000s. She received the Herbert W. Schneider Award for outstanding contributions to American philosophy in 2006; the Wang Family Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service in 2000; and was named a CSU Outstanding Professor in 2006. She earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University, a master’s in philosophy at Rice University, and a bachelor’s degree in English and history at Allegheny College.